phew! Is it just me Sue, or is it hot in here? well, you know what they say Mel, if you can’t handle the heat, get out of the cauldron! that’s right, it’s ASNaC week! welcome to the Great British, Irish, and Scandinavian Bake-off! ready, steady, bake! Alfred, our first contestant is a king, hailing from 9th century Wessex although he is temporarily unemployed what are you making for us today Alfred? Well, just some cakes I mean, I don’t really know what’s in them but, all I’ve got to do is get them out of the oven on time Well, it sounds like you have them sorted I’m sure they’ll be great! So, as Alfred goes to have a quick cup of tea we come to our second contestant: Macc Dathó who runs a hostel in fictional pre-Christian Ireland well, what have you prepared for us today? it certainly looks filling… well, Mary I do have 40 oxen prepared but I’ve also gone the whole hog and, uh, how were you planning to divide this for us? uhhh … I wasn’t… (simultaneously)[warrior 1]: I’m the hardest warrior!, [warrior 2]: no, I’m the hardest warrior! our third contestant, rather new to baking, is Norse deity Thor Odinsson My God! Yes, I suppose I am what are you doing with that bread? well, I’m pounding my bread, bet you’re jealous you old saucepot Woof! my bread won’t be the only thing with a rise on it when I’m done! well, we’ll be interested to see how that turns out… Nooooooooo!! now, as we come to our final contestant twentieth-century Celtic scholar Proinsias Mac Cana it would appear he has already completed his bake ooh these look lovely, what have you prepared for us? These are sovereignty goddesses these are just cookies… no, they’re sovereignty goddesses Look, there’s Medb, and there’s Ethne, and there’s Ériu, and Rhiannon… why don’t we try one? hmmm, I’m afraid these are a tad… half-baked!